We have a travel tradition in our family. It started when our oldest son, Julian, turned eleven. He loves theater and good food so my husband and I took him on a Broadway/food weekend to New York City. We saw Billy Elliott, ate fantastic food, and started another tradition: the birthday boy would get to taste his first (full cup, caffeinated, non-covert) coffee drink on this trip.

Our second son, Jacques, turned eleven a few months ago and I set to work planning the “Jacques weekend.” Choosing a destination was easy. Jacques is truly alive and happiest when he is in water, our United Miles could take us as far south as Miami, and none of us had ever been to the Florida Keys.

Our itinerary:

Hour 1: Café con leche and empanadas at Enriqueta’s, Miami 

jacques at enriqueta

Day 1: Everglades National Park

 everglades alligator

Day 2: Key West, Casa Marina Resort

 casa marina pool

Day 3: Dry Tortugas National Park

dry tortuga boat


dry tortugas beach 3

My youngest, Jeremy, is only six years old so I have years to prepare his trip. Right now, he likes trucks, cream cheese, and yelling at Jacques. I love a challenge!